By Philips Sunday
Abuja, (AN24) – The Publisher of Online Newspaper, Premium Times, Dapo Olorunyomi and the paper’s judiciary reporter, Evelyn Okakwu who were arrested by the Police on Thursday, have regained their freedom.
The two journalists were released on bail, their platform, PREMIUM TIMES confirmed the news on micro blogging site, Twitter.
“We are happy to announce that both Dapo Olorunyomi and Evelyn Okakwu have been released on bail”, the online Newspaper tweeted.
Meanwhile, Olorunyomi and Okakwu were arrested over allegations of defamation of character and libelous story published against the Chief Of Army Staff (COAS) Lt Gen TY Buratai.
Report says the police acted on a warrant of arrest issued against the Newspaper by a Wuse 2 Magistrate Court Thursday afternoon as to enable the police carry out a thorough investigation into the matter.
The arrest came on the heels of a petition written by Osuagwu Ugochukwu Esq, attorney to Lt Gen TY Buratai, to the FCT police commissioner, decrying a “false and malicious story” written by Premium Times against his client and the refusal of the online Newspaper to retract the story as requested by the Nigerian Army.
Recall that the Army had written to Premium Times, urging the online Newspaper to withdraw a report where it stated that Lt Gen Buratai is being investigated by Code of Conduct Bureau, a story which was later confirmed to be false but the media outfit refused to retract the story.
In the petition, Buratai’s attorney had complained that the PREMIUM TIMES informed the public that his Client, Lt Gen Buratai is being investigated by Code of Conduct Bureau, adding that the story received wide publication and readership and that it created bad image for his Client and caused Military men on the field to get worried about their Boss even when the said story was false and fabricated.